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Iowa Fishing Report
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July 10, 2008

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office. Phone numbers are listed at the end of each district report.

Southeast
Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: Pools 16 to 20 of the Mississippi River are open to recreational navigation. The river has dropped below flood stage throughout Pools 16 to 20. River temperature is around 78 degrees and water clarity remains poor. Fishing has been somewhat slow due to river conditions and limited access to the river. River levels have risen slightly over the past couple of days due to rain but are forecasted to start falling once again over the weekend.

In Pool 16, river stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.32 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on the wing dams with crankbaits and leeches. Some catfish are being caught on stink bait and by floating live bait under a bobber along rip-rapped shoreline. White bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough and by Sunset Marina on jigs/twister and in-line spinners. The Marquette St. ramp in Davenport is open. The upper boat ramp at the Fairport Recreational area is open, but the park staff has the lower ramp closed until the parking area dries out and new rock can be put down.

In Pool 17, river stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.85feet. Fishing on Pool 17 has been slow due to limited access to the river. Many boat ramps are still closed. The newer ramp at Muscatine is now open while the lower one remains closed. Anglers can try fishing for white bass by the dam and the spillway or around the wing dams. Look for channel catfish along rip-rapped shoreline.

In Pool 18, river stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 11.34 feet. A few channel catfish are being caught on shad guts and chicken liver. Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on wax worms and redworms. A few crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows.

In Pool 19, river stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 8.02 feet. Fishing has been slow due to river conditions. The ramps in Burlington are open. In Pool 20, river stage at Lock and Dam 19 is 12.70 feet. No fishing report.

Lake Odessa (Louisa): Odessa remains flooded. All boat ramps and the Toolesboro road are closed.

Lake Darling ( Washington ): Catfishing is very good; early to midmorning and then again in the late evening is the best using chicken liver. Work off the jetties and along the rocky shorelines. Rains this week kept the water muddy.

Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Bluegills are headed deep with the water temperature in the low 80s. The best fishing is early in the morning before 10 a.m. Catfishing remains very good with chicken liver being the bait of choice.

Lake Geode (Henry): Bluegills are biting along the weed lines in 6 to 8 feet of water. Look for them to move deeper during the heat of the day.

Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): Walleye fishing has been good trolling crankbaits or drifting night crawlers around the Island View islands, South Fork, and around the opening into Honey Creek. Some walleye anglers have been catching crappies while trolling crankbaits around the same areas. Channel catfish have been biting on night crawlers and dead minnows. The lake has risen with the recent rains and is now 14 feet above normal pool. Some boat ramps are closed but the high water ramps remain open.

Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Largemouth bass have been hitting on soft plastics and spinner baits. Bluegills and crappies have moved off shore and are hitting on small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler in 6 to 8 feet of water. Using a slip-bobber has been an effective way to get to these fish.

Lake Wapello ( Davis ): The lake is drained.

Lake Keomah (Mahaska): Largemouth bass have been hitting on spinner baits and soft plastics. Try areas along the rock jetties and around any trees that have fallen into the water. Channel catfish have been biting on night crawlers and chicken liver.

Lake Macbride (Johnson): Crappies can be found on the outer ends of lay downs and on the outside weed edges. Largemouth bass are in and around almost any kind of structure.

Pleasant Creek (Linn): Channel catfish can be caught on stink bait or night crawlers in about 8 to 12 feet of water. Most fish are 12 to 14 inches with a few 4-pounders.

Diamond Lake (Poweshiek): Catfish have been very active and most anglers have been doing very well early morning or late evening. Catfish are biting on various stink bait, chicken liver or worms. Bluegills are hitting on worms and small jigs fished around brush piles.

Skunk River (Washington and Henry): The river is near normal level. Anglers are catching some nice channel and flathead catfish.

For more information on fishing in southeast Iowa , call the regional office in Brighton at 319-694-2430.

Southwest

Fogle Lake (Ringgold): A few bluegills are being caught from the shallows at dusk. Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. Water level is normal and clarity is about 3 1/2 feet.

Lake of Three Fires ( Taylor ): Several bluegills have been caught at the east end of the dam on night crawlers. Largemouth bass can be caught from structure. Channel catfish can be caught in the bays. Water level is normal and clarity is about 3 1/2 feet at the dam.

Icaria ( Adams ): A few walleyes have been picked up on small twister tails or small crankbaits. Channel catfish are biting in the shallow bays and riprap. Water level is normal and clarity is about 2 ½ feet.

Three Mile Lake ( Union ): The lake level is normal. Water clarity is about 3 ½ feet at the dam. A few bluegills are biting just off shore near structure on night crawlers. Some wipers and walleyes have been caught on small crankbaits. Channel catfish have been biting on stink bait.

Twelve Mile Lake ( Union ): The lake level is normal. Walleye fishing is good for mid-sized fish on crankbaits over the rocky areas or steep drop-offs. A few nice bluegills are being caught. Many small to mid-sized largemouth bass have been caught from the near-shore structure. Channel catfish are in the rocks. Water clarity is at least 5 feet near the dam.

Green Valley ( Union ): The water control valve was opened this week to start draining 12 feet of water off the lake. Water level is expected to be within 2 feet of full for the next seven days. Full boating access should be possible and all ramps usable. Water clarity is about 2 1/2 feet. Several channel catfish have been caught from the shallow bays on stink bait. Most are between 2 and 5 pounds. Bluegills are caught occasionally near the tree piles on night crawlers.

Nine Eagles ( Decatur ): Water clarity is about 4 ½ feet. Largemouth bass fishing is good for mid-sized fish on the outside of the weed line.

West Osceola (Clarke): Several real nice largemouth bass can be caught from the shoreline structure around the entire lake.

Contact Gary Sobotka at (641) 464-3108 for information on the above area lakes.

Don Williams (Boone): Largemouth bass and crappie are biting and the best time to fish is right before dark. Use jigs for the crappies and artificial worms for the bass.

Big Creek (Polk): Bluegills are biting on night crawlers under a bobber in shallow water and crappies are biting on minnows fished under a bobber. Walleyes are biting, but sorting is needed for fish above the 15-inch minimum length limit.

Beaver Lake ( Dallas ): Bluegills are being caught on worms and catfish on cut bait.

Saylorville Lake (Polk): Water is dropping about a foot a day. White bass are still being caught at the pump station and below the dam. Cherry Glen high water, Sandpiper high water, and both Lake View ramps are all open. The dam road has opened and the tail waters are open, too.

Red Rock ( Marion ): Accesses are open. The Elk Rock, Cordova, White Breast, and Marina boat ramps are open. White bass are really biting. Best spots are below the dam, Brush Creek Bridge and Teader Creek Bay . Catfish are being caught on the old road bed.

Rock Creek (Jasper): The bluegill bite is slowing down with worms being the best bait. Catfish are still being caught on stink bait and cut bait. Crappies are biting on jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Hickory Grove (Story): Bluegills are biting on a worm fished under a bobber. Crappies are being caught trolling or drifting small jigs or crankbaits. Some catfish are being caught on night crawlers or cut bait.

Easter Lake (Polk): Bluegills are biting on worms. Catfish are being caught on worms and shrimp.

Lakes Ahquabi and Hooper (Warren): Shore fishing has been slow, but catfish have been biting on worms. Crappies and bluegills have been biting on tube jigs fished next to rock piles out of boats.

Mariposa (Jasper): Bluegills are biting on worms fished under a bobber. Catfish are biting on worms and chicken liver.

Contact Ben Dodd at (515) 432-2823, Ext.108, for information on the above area lakes

Anderson Area ( Montgomery ): Bluegill fishing is fair for 7 to 8-inch fish in the north pond along dam using small jigs and worms.

Hacklebarney (Montgomery): Bluegills are being caught along edge of vegetation with small black jigs tipped with worms. Catfish is fair along the dam using worms and crayfish.

Viking Lake ( Montgomery ): Viking Lake was renovated in the fall of 2006. The lake refilled and restocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish and channel catfish in the spring of 2007. Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass up to 15 inches, bluegills 6 to 7 inches, and catfish 14 to16 inches. Expect fish to grow rapidly in this newly renovated lake.

Lake Manawa (Pottawattamie): Catfish are still good on worms and shrimp. Walleye are being caught at night jigging twister tails tipped with a minnow. A few crappies are being caught around the docks and Boy Scout Island using large minnows with white tube jigs.

Willow Lake ( Harrison ): Bluegill fishing is good for 8-inch fish around the jetties. Channel is excellent using liver.

Orient (Adair): Catfish fishing is fair using liver.

Greenfield (Adair): Bass fishing is fair using plastic baits around cedar tree piles. Bluegills are fair drifting small jigs and around jetties. A few catfish are being caught on liver.

Lake Anita (Cass): Crappie fishing is fair for 7 to 8-inch fish along the dam and around cedar trees. Bluegills have slowed but a few are being caught along weed edges using small jigs and worms. Bass fishing is fair using plastic baits around rocks and along the road bed during the day. Catfishing is fair south of the beach using stink bait.

Littlefield Lake (Audubon): Catfish is good using night crawlers.

Arrowhead Lake (Pottawattamie): Largemouth bass is good casting plastic baits around jetties and underwater structure. Catfish is good on shrimp close to shore around rock.

Prairie Rose Lake ( Shelby ): Channel catfish is good using worms around the jetties. Carp are being caught along the campground shoreline. A few 6 to 8-pound flatheads are being caught using live bait.

Middle Raccoon River (Guthrie): Anglers are catching a few crappies below Lenon Mill Dam using minnows.

Farm Ponds: Anglers are catching bass and bluegills at some of the local ponds. Reminder: Be sure to ask landowner for permission before fishing.

Contact Bryan Hayes at (712) 769-2587 for information on the above area lakes.

For more information on general fishing in southwest Iowa , call the regional office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Northwest
Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Anglers are fishing for walleyes at Cottonwood, Big Stoney, Little Stoney, and Red Nose points with live bait where the weed lines and rock meet. Use worms or leeches while drifting, or troll with crankbaits. Look for crappies along weed lines on the main lake, Anglers Bay , or Buffalo Run. Fish the rocky areas at Big Stoney and Little Stoney points or along rock shorelines with boat docks using jerk baits or jig and pigs or fish top-water lures in the evening for smallmouth bass. Anglers are using small ice jigs under slip bobbers or drifting with a split shot rig with leeches or worms along weed lines and rock piles for bluegills. Look for yellow perch at the rock reef at Buffalo Run or Little Stoney Point using live bait. Anglers targeting northern pike are trolling or casting along the weed lines and cabbage beds in the main lake and in Anglers Bay .

East Okoboji Lake ( Dickinson ): White bass are biting a jig and minnow at Hinshaw’s Bridge at sunrise and sunset and at the south end of the trestle along the rocks. For yellow bass, fish the rock piles in the south end of the lake using a small jig tipped with a small minnow. Anglers are catching freshwater drum at the spillway using night crawlers on the bottom. Bullheads are biting at the spillway on night crawlers. For muskies, fish Stony Point south towards Jingle’s Point for suspended fish relating to weed lines and rock reefs.

West Okoboji Lake ( Dickinson ): Fish for largemouth bass around boat docks or weed lines in North, Emerson and Millers bays. Smallmouth bass are around the deeper rock piles in Miller’s Bay, and Pocahontas, Fort Dodge , Pillsbury and Gull points and hitting jerk baits, crawdads or leeches. Drift fish the deeper weed lines with leeches in North, Miller’s or Smiths bays for bluegills. For walleyes, fish the weed lines near rock reefs with a slip bobber and leech or spinner rigs with worms or leeches, or troll crankbaits along outside weed lines in Emerson or Miller’s bays. Anglers are trolling crankbaits and casting bucktails along weed edges for northern pike. For muskies, fish along weed lines at North, Smith’s or Emerson bays early in the morning or late in the evening.

Storm Lake ( Buena Vista ): Fishing is slow for walleye and white bass. A few channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and cut bait.

Black Hawk Lake (Sac): Fishing is fair to good for catfish on chicken liver.

Yellow Smoke Lake (Crawford): Fishing is good for 7-1/2 to 9-inch bluegills.

Brushy Creek (Webster): Water clarity on the south end of the lake is good. The northeast silt bridge area has an algae bloom. Bluegills can be found along the weed beds or in 10 to 12 feet of water right off the bottom. Bass are moving to deeper, cooler water. A few crappies have been caught around Taylor ’s Island on minnows.

Clear Lake ( Cerro Gordo ): Walleye fishing is fair drifting or trolling live bait rigs or trolling crankbaits in the 6 to 14 feet of water. Channel catfish are hitting prepared baits and dead chubs at the reefs, the Ventura Grade, and shoreline areas with a breeze coming in. A few bullheads are being caught off the McIntosh Woods shoreline and the Ventura Grade.

Crystal Lake (Hancock): Channel catfish are hitting from shore and the jetties on chicken liver and chubs.

Smith Lake (Kossuth): Channel catfish are hitting on liver and prepared baits. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair using spinner baits and plastics. Remember the 18-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass.

Lake Cornelia (Wright): Bullhead fishing is fair for 8 to 10-inch fish using night crawlers on the bottom.

For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa , call the regional office in Spirit Lake at 712-336-1840.

Northeast
Mississippi River Pools 9 to 15: River levels are as follows: Dubuque 10.2 feet; Bellevue 8.5 feet; and Camanche 11.3 feet. River levels are forecast to slowly fall over the next week and water temperature is in the high 70s.

In Pool 12, walleye fishing has really picked up as water levels have dropped and clarity has improved. Most fish are being caught off of wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with leeches or night crawlers. Crankbaits are also producing walleyes. Bass fishing has been excellent along the rocks below the dam in Dubuque . Bullheads are biting in O’Learys Lake. Crappie fishing continues to be slow. Drum are biting on night crawlers fished on the bottom.

In Pool 13, walleye fishing has also picked up on the wing dams using three-way rigs with leeches or night crawlers. Fishing is best above the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is carrying large amounts of sediment after the recent rains. Catfish are biting along rip-rapped shorelines and are starting to bite on stink bait. Bass fishing has been excellent using just about any lure or bait thrown at them. The Illinois pocket below the Lock and Dam in Bellevue and the mouth of Mill Creek have been good for bass. Crappie fishing has been slow. Drum are biting night crawlers fished on the bottom.

In Pool 14, walleye fishing has been excellent on the wing dams with lots of limits being caught on three-way rigs with leeches. Bass fishing has also been excellent. Catfish are still biting along rip rapped shorelines and stink baits are producing as the water has warmed up. Crappie fishing has been slow. Bass fishing has been excellent. Drum are biting night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Cedar River (Mitchell, Floyd, Chickasaw, Bremer and Black Hawk) and Shell Rock River ( Butler ): With the heavy rains the rivers had turned high and muddy, but conditions are improving. Try catching channel catfish on minnows or chicken liver fished on the bottom.

Wapsipinicon River (Buchanan): Smallmouth bass fishing is good. Fisheries biologists surveyed the Wapsipinicon below the Independence dam and found plenty of nice-sized smallies holding tight to rocky shorelines and rip-rapped banks. Try throwing crankbaits or spinners tight to the shorelines for best success.

Turkey River (Clayton) and Upper Iowa River (Winneshiek and Allamakee): The upper stretches of these rivers are starting to clear up. Smallmouth bass fishing should continue to improve as the river level recedes. Try using light colored twister-tails or spinners in rocky shorelines and back eddies.

Volga River (Fayette): Smallmouth bass fishing is good using crankbaits in rocky areas.

Volga Lake (Fayette): Fishing is good for channel catfish on worms and for largemouth bass on artificial baits. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms below bobbers with a lot of sorting.

Lake Hendricks (Howard): Fishing is good for channel catfish using chubs or chicken liver off the shore on the south side of the lake. Fishing is fair for bluegills on wax worms or a piece of night crawler suspended under a bobber, or with black and white artificial flies. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using plastic worms worked near structure. Look to find bluegills and bass on nests near shore for better action.

Lake Meyer (Winneshiek): An algae bloom on the lake has slowed fishing. Catfishing is fair using chicken liver along the shore by the dam. Crappie fishing is fair in the snags using small light-colored tube jigs. Bluegill fishing is fair using worms fished near shore or by the new jetty, but some sorting is required.

Big Woods Lake (Black Hawk): Fishing is good for largemouth bass casting artificial baits next to the shoreline or underwater structure.

Casey Lake (Tama): Largemouth bass fishing is excellent casting artificial lures along the shoreline, structure and fishing jetties. Anglers are also having excellent success fishing for channel catfish. Bluegill fishing has been good in deeper water with structure.

Lake Delhi ( Delaware ): Fishing has been very good for channel catfish, bluegill and crappie. Channel catfish are biting on night crawlers and dead minnows fished on the bottom. Use a live minnow or wax worm for crappies. Wax worms and garden worms are working well for bluegills.

Trout fishing is excellent and streams are in very good shape. Access to the trout streams may still be tricky; however, the hatcheries have been able to stock as scheduled for the past two weeks.

For information on fishing in northeast Iowa , call the regional office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.
 
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